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Infrastructure Mode

06/06/2008 06:18:58

Infrastructure mode lets you connect the PSP? system to a network via a 802.11b Wireless Access Point.

NOTE:You must set up the system to connect using infrastructure mode before you perform a network update (we'll discuss this later).

Infrastructure mode requires certain equipment to be in place before you try to connect your system. In order to perform a network update or play a game on the Internet, you will need the following items:

  • Subscription to an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • A device for connecting to the Internet, such as a DSL or cable modem
  • A WLAN access point or a wireless broadband router
  • A PC (to configure the access point)
  • SSID* and WEP* settings that may have been specified when the wireless access point (or wireless router) was configured

*SSIDs, WEP encryption level, and WEP keys are types of wireless network information that may be required to connect to a WLAN.


Under "Network Settings", you can use a setup wizard to configure the PSP? system to connect to a wireless local area network (WLAN). To begin the wizard, select "Network Settings" from the main Settings menu, and press X.

To create a network connection to an infrastructure network, Select "Infrastructure Mode", and then press X.

To create a new network connection:

If there are no network connection profiles on the PSP? system (e.g., a system right after purchase), the system will bypass the screen that allows you to select an existing connection and go straight to the "Connection Name" screen.

If network connection profiles are already configured on the system, you will see a list of all existing profiles and "New Connection".

NOTE: You can create and save up to 10 connection profiles.

Creating a name for the connection:

Use the on-screen keyboard to enter a name for the connection (the default is "Connection X", where X is a number from 1 to 10).

To edit an existing name or enter a new name:

  1. At the "Connection Name" screen, press X. The on-screen keyboard will appear.
  2. Use the keyboard to enter a name, then select "Enter".

NOTE: For instructions on how to use the on-screen keyboard, refer to the PSP? manual for instructions.

When you have finished entering the name, press the right button to continue to the WLAN Settings screen.

Entering SSID and WEP Settings




  • To locate available networks, select the "Scan". Before using the network, verify that you are allowed to use it.
  • If the network is using WEP encryption or other security measures, you will have to manually enter the SSID and possibly a WEP key.


    These settings were entered into your wireless access point when it was first configured. You may need to talk to the administrator of your local area network to get this information.

    SSID (Service Set Identifier) is the "name" of the wireless network. The exact SSID that was used to configure the wireless network must be entered into the PSP? system (including upper- or lower-case). Otherwise, the wireless connection will fail.

    WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) is essentially the password that wireless devices (such as the PSP? system or a wireless access point) use to connect to a wireless network. Not all wireless networks use WEP, but many do.

    Just like the SSID, WEP information is case-sensitive, so it must match on both the PSP and the wireless access point. Otherwise, the wireless connection will fail.

    Entering an SSID

    To enter an SSID:

    1. Select the SSID entry box, and then press X.
    2. Enter the SSID using the on-screen keyboard.
    3. When you have finished entering the SSID, select "Enter" to exit the on-screen keyboard.
    4. Press the right button to continue to the next screen.
    Enabling WEP

    On the WLAN Settings screen:

    1. Use the directional buttons to select "WEP" under "Encryption". If "WEP" does not appear, select "None", and then press X. Then use the up and down buttons to enable WEP.
    2. Once your SSID and WEP settings are complete, press the right button to continue to the next screen.

    Note that if your wireless access point is using Active MAC Address Filtering, you may need to enter your PSP MAC Address.

    Entering a WEP key

    NOTE: If you selected "None" under "Encryption", you will skip the following procedure to enter a WEP key and go straight to the "Address Settings" screen.

    If you entered "WEP" under "Encryption" on the WLAN Settings screen, you will be asked to enter a WEP key using the on-screen keyboard. This key must be in one of four formats:

    • 5 letters and numbers (ASCII)
    • 13 letters and numbers (ASCII)
    • 10-digit hexadecimal (0-9 and a-f)
    • 26-digit hexadecimal (0-9 and a-f)

    If you try to enter something that does not fit one of the four formats above, you will see an error message reminding you of the correct formats.

    Once you have finished entering your WEP key, press X. If you have entered it correctly, the "WEP Key" entry box will now be filled with a series of asterisks (see figure to the right)

    Press the right button to continue to the next screen.

    Address Settings

    At the Address Settings screen, you can adjust the Internet Protocol (IP) address information. The PSP? system must have an IP address to perform a network update, or play games over the Internet.

    There are two choices for settings:

    • Easy: more commonly called Dynamic IP addressing. This is the default setting on the PSP? system, and should be used unless you need to manually enter specific network information in order to connect to a network.
    • Custom:
      • Allows you to enter IP information manually (often called "Static" IP addressing)
      • Allows you to enter PPPoE settings (sometimes required for broadband connections)
    "Easy" Settings

    Selecting "Easy" will enter the following information automatically:

    • IP address
    • Gateway IP address
    • DNS address

    NOTE: If you select "Easy" as the address setting, the WLAN must support DHCP, dynamic IP addressing.

    After selecting "Easy":

    1. Press the right button to view the SSID, WEP, and address settings.
    2. LCheck the settings, using the up and down directional buttons to scroll through the setting list if necessary.
    3. If the settings are correct:
      • Press the right button.
      • When prompted, press X to save the settings.

    If you need to correct a setting, use the left button to move back through the setup screens.

    Connection Test

    Once the settings are saved, you will be asked if you would like to test the connection.

    NOTE: Before testing your connection, make sure that:

    • the PSP? system's WLAN switch is turned on, and your wireless access point is turned on and configured correctly.

    To perform the connection test:

    • Select "Test Connection", and then press X. The system will connect to the selected access point.

    During the test, the WLAN access indicator on the left side of the system will flash in green.

    If the connection is successful, the system will display information about the wireless network connection.

    Once the test is complete, press the circle icon to return to the Network Settings menu.

    Connection Test Failure

    If the connection test fails, follow the on-screen instructions to check the settings. You may need to refer to information that came with your wireless access point or other network equipment, or contact your Internet Service Providerfor more information.

    You may need to enter your PSP? system's MAC address into your wireless access point, if your access point is using Active MAC Address Filtering. You can find the system's MAC address by going to the System Information screen from the System Settings menu.

    "Custom" Setting

    NOTE: Only use the "Custom" address setting if you CANNOT use Easy.

    Selecting "Custom" on the Address Settings screen will enable you to create one of the following connection types:

    • Automatic: Use this if your WLAN assigns IP information dynamically. This setting is similar to "Easy", and can be used on most WLANs.
    • Manual: Use this if your LAN uses static IP addresses.
    • PPPoE: This is a common broadband system that requires you to enter a user ID and password. Normally you would only use this connection type if you have a wireless access point without a router.

    You may need to talk to your ISP or your WLAN administrator if you do not know which of these settings to use.

    Automatic Settings

    To complete the setup using Automatic settings:

    1. Select "Automatic" from the "IP Address Setting" screen, and then press X.
    2. Continue through the following screens:
      • DNS Setting
      • Proxy Server

    Enter the information as requested, pressing the right and left buttons to move from screen to screen.

    You may need to contact your WLAN administrator or ISP if you are unsure about how to complete any of the information above.

    When you have finished entering the information, the system will show you all of the settings that you have selected and prompt you to save and then test your settings.

    Manual Settings

    If you select "Manual" on the IP Address Setting screen, you will be prompted to enter all of the necessary IP address information manually. You will need to get this information from your ISP.

    Once you have entered the IP information, press the right button to continue to the next screens to enter proxy settings, confirm your settings, and test the connection.


    PPPoE is commonly used for most DSL broadband connections. This setting should be used if you are:

    • connecting directly to your ISP without using a home gateway router OR
    • using a router that does not authenticate your PPPoE connection for you.

    After selecting PPPoE and pressing the right button, you will be asked for your PPPoE user name and password. You will need to get this information from your ISP.

    NOTE: When entering user names and passwords, keep the following in mind:

    • User names and passwords are often case sensitive.
    • Make sure that you enter them EXACTLY as they were created, including using upper- and lower-case where appropriate.

    Once you have entered the user name and password:

    • Press the right button to continue to the next screens to enter DNS and proxy settings, confirm your settings, and test the connection.
    For more  information, please see PSP Event.



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